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Chuck Mangione: Live at the Hollywood Bowl

Updated on May 8, 2015
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Chuck Mangione - the best CD value

I wasn't at the Hollywood Bowl when this was recorded unfortunately but twenty years later I was sitting at Gulfstream Park, here in Florida, listening to one of my idols - Chuck Mangione - performing live. It was an amazing experience and the nearest thing I can get to reliving it is the double CD package that you see here. Yes, there are two CDs in one package.

Feel So Good

This is arguably Mangione's most famous piece. And yes, he played it that day and on the album. It's hard to imagine a live performance or indeed a recording that doesn't feature it. I read somewhere that it's the second most recognizable piece of music ever. I doubt that (don't you?) but that doesn't stop it from being on my all-time list of top ten pieces of music - ever.

Composer, producer and instrumentalist

This is something I've always admired about Chuck Mangione. I think I'm right in saying that almost every piece of music he performs has been written by himself. Often, he is the producer of his recordings and of course, the lead performer.

An Evening of Magic

That is the subtitle of this CD collection. It wasn't an evening when I saw him in concert at Gulfstream Park, it was a wonderful, sunny, lazy afternoon. The music matched the day perfectly. This is also one of my favorite 'driving numbers' - I love to play this in the car and do so every time we're going somewhere exciting. That way, if I'm only en route to the supermarket, it brightens up a mundane task. In short, this music makes me happy.

Other beloved instrumentals

Even if you're not familiar with my own personal favorite you might well know Chase the Clouds Away and Give it All You've Got - both of which were used by the Olympics - 1976 summer and 1908 winter. It's also interesting to note that this has 83 customer reviews at Amazon (to date) and its average star rating is an excellent 4.8.Frankly,I'm not surprised.


It's not a trumpet!

As an ex musician's moll, I can't tell you how many times I've had to correct people so I'll do it again here before anyone asks - Chuck Mangione plays the flugelhorn!

Yes, it is very similar to a trumpet (players of one can easily adapt to the other) but the flugelhorn has a mellower, deeper sound.

Listen to the video below and you'll see what I mean.

Chuck Mangione: Feel So Good
Chuck Mangione: Feel So Good

If you like to watch as well as listen,this is for you. This DVD features Chuck Mangione playing seven of his most popular pieces of music (yes, including 'Feel So Good' as you probably guessed from the title). If you're looking for a great gift for a Mangione fan, this could be the answer.You'd be well advised to do what I do every time I listen to his music and turn the volume RIGHT up!

 

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    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @David Stone1: Amazing, isn't he? I think that you've hit the nail on the head with the words 'fun' and 'upbeat'. There is so much gloominess in the world and Mangione counteracts it magnificently. His music always makes me happy.

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      David Stone 

      4 years ago from New York City

      I saw Chuck and his band in concert in Buffalo almost forty years ago, and I still remember how his music filled the auditorium, the fun accented by his upbeat demeanor and super cool style.

    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @sousababy: Instant happiness :)

    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @lesliesinclair: That's right - a racetrack here in Florida.(I should have mentioned that!) Evidently it had a modernization that year and concerts became a feature.

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      sousababy 

      4 years ago

      Yeah, Chuck Mangione plays the flugelhorn like no one else can . . it's relaxing and upbeat.

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      lesliesinclair 

      4 years ago

      I just had to look up Gulfstream Park because it resonated with me as the name of a mobile home park, but what do you know - it's a racetrack. Yes, his music is familiar, but not so close to me that I could have identified it. Still, I feel the happy like you do. Sorry, I ran out of Likes this morning so I'll need to return for another go-round.

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